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Memorable Manitobans: Walter Edwin Kroeker (1915-2000)

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Born at Winkler, Manitoba on 2 September 1915, he became a partner in the family farm of A. A. Kroeker and Sons in 1936, who were pioneers in the production of corn and seed potatoes in Manitoba, serving as President and Chairman. In 1957, he was a founding director of what is now known as GoldenWest Broadcasting Limited, which operated several radio stations in the prairies. In 1960, he was one of the founding directors of CJAY (later CKY-TV), also helped to launch the ZP-30 radio station in Paraguay and working with the National Religious Broadcasters. He held leadership roles in the Vegetable Grower’s Association of Manitoba and the Manitoba Vegetable Producer’s Marketing Board. He served on the Canadian Horticultural Council and was given an Honorary Life Membership. Kroeker was considered an expert on tariff issues and served on the International Trade Advisory Committee. He was also a member of the St. Boniface Hospital Research Foundation. He was given the Manitoba Golden Boy Award in 1966 for meritorious service to Manitoba. In 1989, he was appointed to the Order of Canada, and in 2000, was inducted into the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame.

He died on 1 September 2000.

Sources:

Winnipeg Free Press, Tuesday, 5 September 2000, page 42.

This profile was prepared by Kris Keen.

Page revised: 18 October 2009

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